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TO OUR ADOPTERS: As discussed during the adoption process – we are committed to the GHF dogs FOR LIFE.  They are welcome back at the Farm – anytime, for any reason.  If you find yourself unable to care for your dog or changes in your home have created an environment unsuitable for them, please contact Lillie at


Thank you for your interest in adopting a rescue Border Collie from GHF. There are a few things to understand before proceeding. PLEASE READ THIS

1. We have a variety of personalities in rescue. Not all of the dogs have come from typical home life situations. Many have lived outside or in pens or in rural areas. While you may not think of your neighborhood as crowded or noisy, to a Border Collie, it can be overwhelming.

Purebred Border Collies, especially ones under age 4 can be a mis-match for certain home environments. A Border Collie mix or older purebred can adapt more easily into a pet home.

2. These dogs have a working instinct, bred to live on huge farms managing flocks of sheep, devotedly carrying out the shepherd’s needs. They are complex thinkers with a need to DO daily work. They were never bred to be pets living in suburban settings, just hanging out.

They are hard wired to look for movement and control it with their instinct to herd.

3. The level of control needed for dogs to live in the suburbs or urban areas is completely foreign to this breed. Leash walking is not enough exercise. Confinement inside while people work all day makes them insane. Neighborhood settings with kids on bikes or cars going by sends them into herding mode yet they can’t act on it. Heavily social homes with people in and out can cause them to feel crowded, defensive and fearful leading to nipping or biting.

The natural instinct of a purebred Border Collie is high energy, super athleticism and intense mental to cover miles and miles over thousands of acres with sheep without heavy human involvement.

4. The change from working dog to pet companion can lead to behavior issues like car chasing; nipping children on bikes; chewing and destroying inside furniture and aggressively defending their space by lunging, barking and charging people.

It can be very hard for this breed to adjust to a more human oriented world filled with chaos where so much is happening around them.

5. They often exhibit sound sensitivity issues with the move from quiet, country life to more dense populations. They react to machinery sounds; vehicle related noises; commotion of the neighborhood; crowded dog park settings; and begin over-thinking obsessing on sounds and sights, worrying, developing fears and negative actions.

They basically over-react to anything and everything.

6. Families fare better with Border Collie MIXES. Densely populated situations are better for Border Collies who have already successfully lived that way. The more intense herding oriented Border Collies need active adult homes who regularly hike, play ball and frisbee and involve the dog in an athletic life.




After two biting incidents with perfectly trustworthy dogs, we no longer are willing to take this risk under any circumstances.  If your child is 6, then a puppy could be considered but no adoptions with children under 7 otherwise.  Dogs perceive small children as other dogs, not humans with any authority, so when any issue arises, the dog will respond just as they would to make another dog go away...growl, nip or bite.  Once a child is old enough to have some authority, the dog can better understand the alpha orientation needed to create safe relationships.  And, no matter how attentive a parent can be, there is no way to continually monitor children with the vigilance that is necessary.

1) Fill out an application via online or fax, we pre qualify you via phone. A reference check with be conducted and we'll have a conversation about dogs of interest as well as dogs we'd suggest fit best. Questions you might have would be answered during this call. (click here for application - Word version) (click here for PDF version)  Email application to

2) Visit with the dog(s), all family members should participate, including any other dogs. (Adoptions are by appointment only. We welcome visitors (non-adopters) to the Farm but also by appointment only.)

3) The adoption then occurs. A contract is signed which stipulates that any time during the dog's life, we will take the dog back if you cannot keep them.

4) Follow-up is an important part of a successful adoption and we want to be a resource to help solve issues or questions as they arise, so there are periodic check-ins to say hello.

At Glen Highland Farm, each and All records of treatments and associated costs are provided to each adopter, as well as the necessary medical forms for the vet. The adoption fee for each dog is $325 which goes toward the costs of all the dogs cared for at Glen Highland Farm.

We are a non-profit, funded purely through donations and adoption fees.


People often ask "will they be approved to adopt a dog from the Farm"?  So, this is written to help answer that question.  

If you come to adopt with an open heart to join hearts with another being and share a life with them, then possibly you’ll find your canine friend........    If you come to adopt expecting the perfect dog with no issues, then you will not be as likely to find your canine friend.

The dogs in rescue, by and large, are here because someone else has given up on them. For whatever reason, through their own fault or not, they are abandoned. Sometimes they have fear issues; sometimes they have never lived a normal loving life; and sometimes they are just fine and need another home because of problems their people are facing. Regardless of why they land at the Farm, they need you to be committed in the right way.

Do not come to adopt if you don't expect to put time and energy and money into working with a rescue dog. You will most likely need to hire a trainer. And, you will most likely endure problems in the beginning as the dog adjusts to a totally new life. Those problems might be chewing, peeing, pooping, barking, hiding or even growling. Change is not always easy for dogs. It is important to have patience and tolerance for understanding life from their perspective. They will not be perfect. Neither are you when you do something new.  There also may be medical issues that we cannot see which means you'll spend money you didn't expect to spend. You are not buying a new car, you are rescuing a living, breathing dog that needs care. All of us at the Farm have given our hearts, souls and wallets to insure these dogs leave healthy, happy and ready for a new life but, there are no guarantees. If you want perfect hips, perfect eyes and no problems, go to a breeder who checks all this out.

If you come to adopt understanding that the love in the hearts of these dogs is tremendous and unparalleled  when you connect with them, then you have the right perspective. If you can imagine what it feels like to be misunderstood your whole life, not wanted and not cared for properly, then imagine what it is like for someone to finally care enough to put the time into giving you what you need. That is why rescue dogs bond so deeply and so strongly when they find their person. Finally, someone understands who they are and what they are here to give to people. 

Rescue is really about YOU being rescued. About YOU digging deeper into your heart to work through whatever comes up, to unconditionally love a dog who is willing to unconditionally love you. If we all have a chance in life to truly experience the joy of real love between two beings, then possibly the human race has a chance to be rescued. It takes effort and hard work sometimes, to find real joy.  That is what we are looking for in adopters who come to the Farm: people who are here for the right reason. 



Contact the Farm
Glen Highland Farm
217 Pegg Rd, Morris, NY  13808
Phone: (607)263-5415  Fax:  (607)263-5325